Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hot Tools Organization

If you're like me and have one too many hot tools and don't have the best organization for them, this 15 minute tutorial is for you!

This is what my basket looked like before.

I collected toilet paper rolls in my house for a few weeks and covered them with wrapping paper.

Then simply loop your cords and slip the toilet paper roll over them.

For my smaller barrel curling irons I placed the roll over the barrel and cord.

My basket with all of my newly organized cords.

Hope this helps to get your tools organized!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Meatless Monday -- Spicy Teriyaki Chickpeas

Prior to this recipe that I adapted from Meatless Monday, I had never tried a chickpea. I was pleasantly surprised how good they were in this dish. If you're not a fan of spicy meals, you may want to hold back on the red pepper flakes. If you like meals with a kick, this is definitely for you!

You'll Need:

1 15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup low sodium teriyaki sauce
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 TBS sesame oil
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks
1/2 large onion, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 cup chunk pineapple
2 cups cooked brown rice

To Make:

Combine the chickpeas, teriyaki sauce and red pepper flakes in a bowl, stir and set aside while you prepare the other ingredients. In a large pan heat the sesame oil and add the peppers and onions, saute for about 5 minutes. Add the pineapple and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add the marinated chickpeas and cook for another 7 minutes. Lastly, add your cooked brown rice and stir into the mixture.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes

Looks like I'm on a bit of a cupcake kick, these not-so-sweet cupcakes are still sure to please both your schedule and your appetite!

You'll Need:

1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup mixed veggies (frozen or canned)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 TBS Herbs De Provence
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic salt
2 (10 oz.) cans Pillsbury biscuits

To Make:

Pre-heat your oven to 400*. Mix the chicken, cream of chicken soup, veggies, cheese, Herbs De Provence, onion powder and garlic salt in a bowl. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan and press one Pillsbury biscuit down into and up the side of each cup. Evenly spoon the mixture into each biscuit, and bake for 15 minutes.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Frozen S'Mores Cupcakes

I hope you're enjoying the last bit of our summer months, I know I sure have been. This recipe is perfect to enjoy during our last few weeks of this weather! S'Mores scream summer around the campfire to me, but this new twist allows them to help you beat the heat!

You'll need:
18 graham cracker squares (9 sheets)
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup whipping cream
12 square flat S'Mores marshmallows
1 1/2 cup cold milk
1 box (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

To Make:
Crush the graham crackers into fine crumbs, melt butter and add to the graham crackers. Place cupcake liners in your cupcake pans and evenly divide and press mixture into the bottoms.

Melt milk chocolate chips by adding whipping cream and heating in a small bowl in the microwave for 30 second icrements, stirring in between. Evenly disperse the melted chocolate on top of the graham cracker crust.

 Top each blob of chocolate with one marshmallow.

Mix the cold milk with the pudding, fold in 1/2 of the Cool Whip container. Top marshmallows with the mixture and freeze for a couple hours.

Take the pans out of the freezer 15-20 minutes before serving, top with remaining cool whip, crushed graham crackers and mini chocloate chips.